In the age of technology, writers are faced with finding new ways to do things. Research is easier now that it’s at our fingertips in mere seconds, but there’s a downside to all the tech that’s often overlooked.

With so many options, both free and premium variations, what apps and tech should writers choose? And what things should writers avoid?

Well, if you’re wondering this very question, then you’re in the right place. I’ve already done the hard part (sifting through the app store and the abyss of all the apps), which has lead me to creating my list of the 13 apps that you need on your iPhone.

All you have to do is sit back, type the titles into the app store search engine, and smash the install button.

Ready? Let’s go!

(Also, read to the end of the post to hear my exciting announcement!)

Google Docs

(available for iPhone and Laptop)

Word, Google Docs, Scrivener…the list of word processing apps is basically a black hole at this point. And while Word will always be my go-to for essays and other miscellaneous stuff, Google Docs has become my go-to for pretty much all story-related writing.

There are multiple reasons why I say this. First, I’ve never tried Scrivener because it’s expensive and I’m broke (thus the free part of this blog post). Second, Google Docs is basically a dream scenario for writers who are collaborating because you can have multiple people writing in one document at the same time. Third, you can access Google Docs from both your phone and laptop without any issues. Word is great for laptops, but connecting your account to your phone? I gave up because it was confusing. But with Google Docs, it’s easy as pie because it’s linked to your Google account. This means that what you see on you laptop is the same as what you see on your phone. Every time, without even having to save because it’s a built-in feature!

OneNote

(available for iPhone)

Tired of having eighty million notes in your little note app on your iPhone? I was. I’d accumulated over 100 notes because I kept not only many, many story ideas, but also a lot of my poetry over there.

Is there anything special or extraordinary about OneNote? Not really. But I like it because I use it to store all the writer notes that used to be on my other note app. So while it’s not as fancy as some of the other apps mentioned in this post, it does the job that I needed it to do.

The Writer’s style guide

(available for iPhone)

Ever have a question about grammer, pronouns, when to use a hyphen, quotation marks, or how to format emails or phone numbers in a story? This is where The Writer’s style guide comes in handy.

The Writer’s style guide offers a quick and easy handy booklet for all the common questions that writers have, but hate googling because it ends with us on a site, reading about how to get away with murder and where to hide the body (you know I’m right, don’t try to deny it). In addition, this app gives you a new tip every week and has multiple ways to contact the creators if you have a question that the app doesn’t or can’t answer.

Pinterest

(available for iPhone and laptop)

Awe, yes…Pinterest. You’ve probably heard all about this social media, but on the off chance that you haven’t decided to take the plunge, let me help you make the choice.

Pinterest is the one and only social media account that allows you to create mood, aesthetic, and novel boards. My writing life has completely overrun my Pinterest, but I’m okay with that cause I use it mostly for writing purposes. Also, it’s super easy to use and navigate with little to no help from others. It might take you a few minutes, but after that, you’re good to go for pretty much eternity.

Amazon Music

(available for iPhone and laptop)

I know, I know. “BUT BREEEEE, WHAT ABOUT SPOTIFY?!?!?!?” Well…let me explain.

Okay, so my argument for Amazon Music trumping Spotify is ads. The free version of Spotify has reoccurring ads that come and go as they please and it’s very annoying. Amazon Music? Free and NEVER has ads. Literally all you need to create your Amazon Music account is an Amazon account. But like, literally everyone has one, so it’s super easy and has many of the same features as Spotify.

Google calendar

(available for iPhone and laptop)

Yep, I’m throwing a calendar app in here. Why? Because Abbiee taught me about calendar blocking.

If you haven’t seen Abbiee’s post about calendar blocking, click here to read that. So basically that’s my only reason for throwing this app in here. But it’s also a good app to just have in general anyway. So…yeah.

Ambient Mixer

(available for iPhone and laptop)

Abbiee was also the one who introduced me to Ambient Mixer in her video about getting in the writing mood.

It’s literally exactly what it sounds like. It’s an app that lets you create your very own soundscape. I’ve made ones for my dystopian novels, as well as saved a bunch of other soundscapes by other people for my own personal use. They also have a crazy assortment of fandom themed soundscapes. Everything from Supernatural to Doctor Who to Harry Potter common rooms to Lord of The Rings realms. So go, make an account and start creating the soundscape of your world.

Dictionary

(available for iPhone)

Ever find yourself reading and you just cannot for the life of you remember what a word means? Not anymore because now you have the Merriam-Webster Dictionary app and you can find the meaning of any word with the tap of a finger.

There’s not a ton to explain with this app. It’s just your standard dictionary app. It does what it’s supposed to and as far as I know, it runs pretty smoothly.

Canva

(available for iPhone and laptop)

Basically if you like to make aesthetics, graphics, or pretty things you need to go install this app right now.

Canva is an app that allows you to create social media graphics, blog graphics, novel aesthetics, mood boards, and so many other amazing things. You can even make WIP book covers! So what are you waiting for?

Wattpad

(available for iPhone and laptop)

Ever wanted to post a short story, novel, or flash fiction piece just to see what people think? Now you can with Wattpad.

I’m a newbie to Wattpad, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t enjoyed getting to know the features and the highlights. Wattpad is a unique platform for writers to build a following and experiment with different writing ideas. I’ve published two flash fiction pieces and so far, I’ve gotten some decent response in views. (Go check it out and leave me a comment, if you want<3) It’s also a great place to read fanfiction and see what people are reading.

Hanx Writer

(available for iPhone)

I recently got this app and to be quite honest…I haven’t used it much.

So why am I including it in my list? Because it lets you pretend that you’re typing on a typewriter and I just think that’s like the coolest thing ever (because I’m a proud and obnoxious nerd). So if you’re a fan of typewriter aesthetics, definitely check out this app.

Power Thesaurus

(available for iPhone)

Because everyone needs a thesaurus. Yes, everyone includes you. 😉

Again, not anything super fancy or techy or special, just your basic thesaurus app. But it runs well and it’s nice to have on hand.

Mindly

(available for iPhone)

This was the last app I added to this list because it was the last one I installed on my own phone. But it honestly looks really cool, even if I haven’t used it yet.

Ever have an idea but you aren’t sure how to think through it or expand it or even what to do next? Mindly is a brain mapping app. It lets you put your main idea (or story idea) in the big circle in the middle and then you can add sub-topics and relevant information in the other circles around the big circle. It’s also a great app for building and fleshing out essay bullet points for the students who are reading this.

The Special Announcement

(The group link is embedded in the image. So just click the image to be transported to our Voyager group!)

I MADE US A FACEBOOK GROUP!!!

And, like, I totally want you to join so we can chat and hang out in a more intimate and personal environment. It’s also where you guys will get exclusive access to bookish things, blog posts I recommend, polls for what I should post (like this one!), and much, much more. This group is super important to me because you guys are what make this all worth it. Having y’all along for the journey makes my blogging experience so much better than I ever thought it could be.

So if you want to become a super VIP member of the club, go ask to join the group and I will personally open the door for you! ❤

Let’s Talk!

What writerly apps do you have that you love? Which of these apps do you think you need? Are you an Amazon Music person or a Spotify person? Are you going to join my Voyagers group over on Facebook? I hope to see a lot of you guys over there!

6 thoughts on “13 (Free) Apps All Writers Should Have

  1. I loved this post, Bree! 💛💛 I definitely love Canva, Pinterest, Google Docs, Amazon Music and Ambient Mixer…I’ll have to check out the rest! Also, your Facebook group sounds awesome, but unfortunately I don’t have an account ☹️

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  2. I have a few of these (GOOGLE DOCS <333) but I haven’t even heard of the rest.

    *nervous laugh* #spotifyforlife (I don’t have an Amazon account. Surprising, I know. XD)

    I’ll have to check these out! Great post, Bree!

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